contradiction

[[t]kɒ̱ntrədɪ̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]]
contradictions
1) N-COUNT: oft N between pl-n, N of n If you describe an aspect of a situation as a contradiction, you mean that it is completely different from other aspects, and so makes the situation confused or difficult to understand.

...the contradictions between her private life and the public persona...

The performance seemed to me unpardonable, a contradiction of all that the Olympics is supposed to be...

The militants see no contradiction in using violence to bring about a religious state.

2) PHRASE: contradiction inflects If you say that something is a contradiction in terms, you mean that it is described as having a quality that it cannot have.

A public service run for profit - a contradiction in terms if there ever was one.


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